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SOURCE: ANI

Former French president Francois Hollande said that France did not choose to partner with Indian businessman Anil Ambani’s company in “any way” and added that only Dassault can comment on the Rafale fighter jet deal.Asked whether India had put pressure on Reliance and Dassault to work together, Hollande said he was unaware and “only Dassault can comment on this”, French news agency AFP reported.
Hollande was responding to a question by the French news agency on the sidelines of an event in Canada on Friday.

“That is why, moreover, this group (Reliance) did not have to give me any thanks for anything,” the former French president added.
In an interview to a media house that appeared on Friday, Hollande had said that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale deal. Continue reading

SOURCE: TNN

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Saturday said that “it is time” that the barbarism being propagated by the Pakistan army and the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir is given a befitting reply, reported news agency ANI.”We need to take stern action to avenge the barbarism that terrorists and the Pakistan Army have been carrying out. Yes, it’s time to give it back to them in the same coin … not resorting to similar kind of barbarism. But I think the other side must also feel the same pain,” General Rawat said while addressing the media.

On questions of talks with Pakistan, the Army chief reiterated the government’s stand that talks and terrorism cannot go together.“I think our government’s policy has been quite clear and concise. We’ve made no bones about the fact that talks and terrorism can’t go hand in hand. Pakistan needs to curb the menace of terrorism,” General Rawat added. Continue reading

SOURCE: NDTV

Before the kidnapping and murder of three policemen by terrorists in Jammu and Jashmir on Friday, the family of one of them had pleaded before the terrorists for mercy.The policemen, including Special Police Officers, were dragged out of their homes in Kapran village of Shopian three days after Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists put out a video threatening to kill policemen unless they posted their resignations online. Their bullet-ridden bodies were found in an orchard.

In a video, the family of constable Nisar Ahmad, Special Police Officer, had issued a public appeal to terrorists requesting his release and pledged to ensure his resignation from the police force. Continue reading

SOURCE: AJAI SHUKLA / SCMP

The Indian government, rattled by a vocal opposition campaign that has charged it with financial wrongdoing and endangering national security over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from French company Dassault, is now soft-pedalling the purchase of other weapons badly needed by its overstretched and ill-equipped military.

In March, a senior general testified before a parliamentary defence committee that more than two-thirds of the army’s equipment was obsolete, while only eight per cent was state-of-the-art. The navy and air force were only slightly better off. Yet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which faces general elections next year, is loath to risk the political controversy that it fears might stem from buying more weaponry abroad. Continue reading

SOURCE: ZEE MEDIA

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has said that the claims made by former French president Francois Hollande over Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France are “serious”. The Rajya Sabha MP, however, added a rider saying, “if accurately reported”.

Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Swamy responded to a tweet mentioning about the claims made by the former French president. Retweeting the same, the BJP leader wrote, “This is serious if accurately reported.”Former French president Francois Hollande has triggered a row by saying that Dassault Aviation was given no choice but to partner with Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

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SOURCE: DNA INDIA

India has launched its very own GPS module. Known as ‘UTRAQ’, the module was introduced at an event in New Delhi, MobileTek and Rama Krishna Electro Pvt Ltd UTRAQ is a VTS module based on IRNSS to track locations. India, so far, had the GPS based applications in devices that were based on the feed given by US satellites.

L110 GNSS and L100 GNSS are the two modules launched. The L110 GNSS  module is a compact NavIC module, while the L100 GNSS module is a smaller-sized POT (Patch on Top) IRNSS module. These modules can be used for different tasks other than tracking. These include ranging, command, control, timing and more.  Continue reading

SOURCE: DNA INDIA

In any irregular warfare situation, when terrorists are on the run due to security forces’ pressure, they will resort to unconventional ways of diluting the forces’ effectiveness. In 1999, at the height of Kargil operations, terror groups chose to execute ‘Fidayeen’ attacks or suicide missions. These forced out of proportion defensive security measures to be taken by the armed forces, thus reducing the ongoing pressure from offensive counter-terror operations. The advent of stone throwing and street turbulence in 2008 was a ploy employed when terrorist numbers plummeted after the LoC fence came into being in 2004 and enabled far more effective counter infiltration.

This created another domain sometimes referred as “agitational terrorism”. The army had raised the Rashtriya Rifles (RR) to fight terrorism and it proved to be one of the most successful military experiments. Continue reading

SOURCE: INDIATIMES

For second year in a row, India is the third largest victim of terror attacks across the world after Iraq and Afghanistan while CPI- Maoists, which carried out 53% of the total attacks in India, is the fourth deadliest terror group after Islamic State, Taliban and Al-Shabaab, according to the data released by US Department of state on Thursday.

Till 2015, Pakistan was the third most affected country in the world. Continue reading

SOURCE: ENS

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday continued his attack on the Modi government over the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal saying that Manohar Parrikar, the former Defence Minister, wasn’t aware of the contract being changed from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to Reliance Defence’s hands.

Gandhi said, “He didn’t know about it. He was buying fish in the markets of Goa.” Continue reading

SOURCE: AFP

India’s decision to cancel rare talks with Islamabad was disappointing and “arrogant”, Imran Khan said Saturday, one day after New Delhi accused Pakistan’s prime minister of harbouring an “evil agenda”.India pulled the plug on a meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart set for next week on the sidelines of a major UN conference, just one day after saying it would go ahead.

The foreign ministry in New Delhi blamed the about-face on recent actions that had revealed Pakistan’s “evil agenda” and the “true face” of Khan, who hit back on Twitter Saturday. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

Principal of a private school in Nepal’s Sunsari district, who was murdered on September 20, has been identified as the ringleader of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, confirmed the sources in the Nepali Police. Khurshid Alam, who was working as the Principal of Raiyan National School, was shot dead by unknown bike-borne assailants.

Alam was shot in his head, abdomen and legs. The attackers fled the site, which is seven kilometre from the Indian territory. Alam died on the spot. Continue reading

SOURCE: PTI

BJP president Amit Shah said Saturday Bangladeshi migrants are like “termites” and each one of them will be struck off the electoral roll.Referring to the draft National Register of Citizens recently published in Assam, he said, “The BJP government brought NRC and prima facie identified nearly 40 lakh illegal immigrants.

The BJP government will pick out each and every infiltrator, he said.”BJP sarkaar ek-ek ghuspaithiye ko chun-chun kar matdata suchi se hatane ka kaam karegi(The BJP government will weed out each and every infiltrator from the voters’ list),” Shah was speaking at a public meeting in Sawai Madhopur district’s Gangapur before heading for another event in Kota. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANI

The rescue efforts have been stepped up in the south Indian Ocean to locate Golden Globe Race (GGR) skipper and Indian Naval officer, Commander Abhilash Tomy KC, who got dismasted and suffered a back injury.According to Indian Navy, Commander Tomy is representing India in the GGR 2018 on an indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’. The yacht is in the south Indian Ocean.The GGR is a race to sail around the globe.

He suffered a back injury on Friday after the yacht was dismasted due to extremely rough weather and sea condition in the Indian Ocean.
“Commander Abhilash Tomy KC of the Indian Navy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR) on an indigenously built sailing vessel ‘Thuriya’ was dismasted and suffered a back injury yesterday. He is in the south Indian Ocean, approximately 1900 nautical miles from Perth, Australia and 2700 nm (approx 5020 km on the ground) from Cape Comorin (Kanyakumari),” Navy spokesperson Captain DK Sharma confirmed. Continue reading

SOURCE: SHAILJA KANT UPADHYAY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

we all are watching this rafale debate in media from various angles starting from defence planning to diplomacy but i have not found a single article which gives the idea of the tendering process which could the help those who want to compare the initial quote price with the final contract price thus eventually clearing the fog of misinformation being spread in their mind especially from tendering (MMRCA) point of view. In tendering, first we give RFI (Request for information) to various vendors to know what is available to us in the market and make our rough requirements (air staff requirements etc)which can be met.

After this our air staff quality requirements and  INITIAL ESTIMATES (roughly called budget figure around which we can spend on that tender)is floated the form of RFP (request for proposal) Continue reading

SOURCE: SHAILJA KANT UPADHYAY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

One of the controversies over the IGA of 2016 is associated with the offsets and especially Reliance among other private companies.

Regarding Reliance and Dessault 51:49 joint venture, the limit of FDI(foreign direct investment) in automatic route (without governmentinterference/permission) is 49% hence Dessault has formed joint venture with 72 Indian firms that include L&T, Godrej, Samtel, HAL, BEL, along with Reliance without any interference of govt. Infact there is no communication between Modigovt and Dessaultregarding offsets as of now as the deal is between INDIA AND FRANCE. India has sought 50% offset with France NOT with Dessault or Safranetc, hence it is responsibility of France to execute 50% offset. Similar toDessault,Safran(makes engine), Thales(makes avionics) and MBDA(makes missiles and weapons) has also formed a number of joint ventures with a number of Indian companies to execute their part of offsets. Continue reading